Mater Dei victory is an indication of the decline of Orange County basketball in Southern California

Mater Dei whooped Troy last night, 61-25.

There to watch was UConn Coach Geno Auriemma, University of Washington Coach Kevin McGuff, and coaches from the University of Oregon, University of San Francisco, Cal State Fullerton and Missouri State. They were likely there to watch Katie Lou and Karlie Samuelson of MD, who have been leading the Monarchs so far this season.

Absent was Khalia Lark, who is rumored to have quit the Mater Dei team.

While the win is impressive for the Monarchs, it also speaks to the fact that they are the lone big cheese in Orange County basketball anymore. Troy used to be a power, as did Brea Olinda, who had been nationally ranked for years with Mater Dei before Coach Jeff Sink left last year.

Sink, who coached the Ladycats for almost two decades, inspired cheers from the student section during games. It seems that with his fire, so has the the program gone. It makes me sad, as rivalries make the game great.

Hopefully someone in California’s Southern Section can rise up to challenge Mater Dei sometime soon.